United Kingdom predictions for 2030

Read 51 predictions about the United Kingdom in 2030, a year that will see this country experience significant change in its politics, economics, technology, culture, and environment. It’s your future, discover what you’re in for.

Quantumrun Foresight prepared this list; A trend intelligence consulting firm that uses strategic foresight to help companies thrive from future trends in foresight. This is just one of many possible futures society may experience.

International relations predictions for the United Kingdom in 2030

International relations predictions to impact the United Kingdom in 2030 include:

  • The UK implements a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with India to double India-UK trade value compared with 2021 levels. Likelihood: 60 percent1

Politics predictions for the United Kingdom in 2030

Politics related predictions to impact the United Kingdom in 2030 include:

Government predictions for the United Kingdom in 2030

Government related predictions to impact the United Kingdom in 2030 include:

  • The UK boasts 600,000 international students by this year. Likelihood: 70 percent1
  • The number of international students attending university in the UK is now over 600,000, a growth of 30% since 2019. Likelihood: 60%1
  • Faith groups want more say in secular Britain. Labour should tell them to go to hell.Link
  • Union bosses hail victory on workers' rights after talks with Labour.Link
  • Lord Kinnock: Voters not yet in love with Keir Starmer's Labour.Link
  • Conservatives need to discover the Houchen touch.Link
  • England's Local Elections and Their Wider Significance, Explained.Link

Economy predictions for the United Kingdom in 2030

Economy related predictions to impact the United Kingdom in 2030 include:

  • The government’s Nuclear Sector Deal has led to a 30% cost reduction for the building of new nuclear projects. Likelihood: 40%1
  • The UK no longer has one of the top ten largest economies in the world. Likelihood: 50%1
  • The self-driving car industry in the UK is now worth over GBP 62 billion. Likelihood: 40%1
  • Self-driving cars could provide £62bn boost to UK economy by 2030.Link
  • UK to ‘drop out of top 10 world economies by 2030’.Link
  • Scotland could become 'European giant' in renewables by 2030.Link

Technology predictions for the United Kingdom in 2030

Technology related predictions to impact the United Kingdom in 2030 include:

  • Global fresh water demand will outstrip supply by 40% by 2030, say experts.Link
  • At a CAGR 11.6%, Industrial Robotics Market Size Reach $42.6 Bn By 2030, Reports Insights.Link

Culture predictions for the United Kingdom in 2030

Culture related predictions to impact the United Kingdom in 2030 include:

  • The number of 18-year-olds increase by 25% compared with 2020 levels, leading to a higher education boom. Likelihood: 70 percent1
  • The growth of dating apps and websites has led to more than 50% of relationships now beginning online. In 2019, that number was 32%. Likelihood: 80%1
  • By 2037 the majority of newborns will be ‘e-babies’ as their parents met online.Link

Defense predictions for in 2030

Defense related predictions to impact the United Kingdom in 2030 include:

  • Defense spending rises to 2.5% of gross domestic product, up from just over 2% in 2022. Likelihood: 70 percent1
  • The UK Army has 120,000 soldiers, of which 30,000 are robots. Likelihood: 65 percent1
  • At a CAGR 11.6%, Industrial Robotics Market Size Reach $42.6 Bn By 2030, Reports Insights.Link

Infrastructure predictions for the United Kingdom in 2030

Infrastructure related predictions to impact the United Kingdom in 2030 include:

  • The $24.5-billion undersea cable that pumps green energy from Morocco to Britain powers over 7 million homes. Likelihood: 70 percent.1
  • The UK has a 5-gigawatt clean hydrogen capacity. Likelihood: 65 percent1
  • The offshore wind industry powers every home across the UK. Likelihood: 70 percent1
  • Engine maker Rolls Royce builds a nuclear plant producing 440 megawatts of electricity, costing around USD $2.2. billion. Likelihood: 70 percent1
  • The city of London has banned all private cars. Likelihood: 30%1
  • Fracking now produces 1,400 billion cubic feet of gas per year. Likelihood: 30%1
  • In Scotland, the use of marine energy is up to 25%. A significant increase from 0.06% in 2019. Likelihood: 40%1
  • One-third of the electricity generated in the UK is from domestic offshore wind power. Likelihood: 60%1
  • Scotland could become 'European giant' in renewables by 2030.Link
  • Fracking could cut Britain's gas imports to zero by early 2030s.Link
  • Call for London to be car-free by 2030.Link
  • Britain targets a third of electricity from offshore wind by 2030.Link

Environment predictions for the United Kingdom in 2030

Environment related predictions to impact the United Kingdom in 2030 include:

  • Scotland reduces its carbon emissions by 75% compared to 1990 levels. Likelihood: 65 percent1
  • There are no new gas and diesel cars available for sale. Likelihood: 75%1
  • Major supermarkets across the UK have reduced their food waste to half of what it was in 2019. Likelihood: 40%1
  • The UK government has spent over GBP 8 billion restoring natural habitats, which have removed 5 million tonnes of carbon from the air. Likelihood: 60%1
  • Global fresh water demand will outstrip supply by 40% by 2030, say experts.Link
  • British supermarkets sign government pledge to halve food waste by 2030.Link
  • Rewild a quarter of UK to fight climate crisis, campaigners urge.Link
  • UK ‘needs billions a year’ to meet 2050 climate targets.Link

Science predictions for the United Kingdom in 2030

Science related predictions to impact the United Kingdom in 2030 include:

Health predictions for the United Kingdom in 2030

Health related predictions to impact the United Kingdom in 2030 include:

  • The UK ends new HIV transmissions. Likelihood: 60 percent.1
  • The UK’s universal healthcare service treats up to 10,000 patients with cancer vaccines. Likelihood: 60 percent.1
  • England records zero cases of HIV transmission. Likelihood: 30%1
  • 15% of the population is now vegan. Likelihood: 50%1
  • Cardiovascular diseases will be the cause of death for over 24 million people this year. Likelihood: 60%1
  • The big beat challenge: British heart foundation invests GBP 30 million to transform cardiovascular disease.Link
  • The UK could be ‘100% vegan’ by 2030, says expert.Link
  • Pledge to end smoking in England by 2030.Link
  • Testing times UK ‘on course’ to be HIV-free nation by 2030 – as rates fall to lowest level in two decades.Link

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January 7, 2022. Last updated January 7, 2020.

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